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WiFi to go live at Cogswell Plaza

Original post made on Aug 6, 2013

Flipping a giant switch at Elinor Cogswell Plaza today, Mayor Greg Scharff and City Council members will juice up the city's goal to make Palo Alto "the leading digital city of the future," by giving it ultra-high-speed Internet access.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 5:11 PM

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Posted by Not-Impressed
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm

> Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association
> are ardent supporters of the project

It's a real shame that this group didn't fund it several years ago, when City-wide WiFi was a hot topic. The so-called BID hasn't done much except suck money out of the downtown merchants. This particular project will not make all of downtown a hotspot, which is what is really needed.

Other cities have been providing all-downtown WiFi for years now. This is nothing more than a postage stamp's worth of coverage.


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Posted by Not a issue
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

"Flipping a giant switch at Elinor Cogswell Plaza on Thursday, Mayor Greg Scharff and City Council members will juice up the city's goal to make Palo Alto "the leading digital city of the future," by giving it ultra-high-speed Internet access."

Well here we go again-- the city council feeding their enormous egos with self serving pronouncements and ridiculous predictions ( leading digital city.....). What a group.
And of course they can count on the weekly to write a fawning article about the event!!!!


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Posted by Augie Doggie
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Gee, we're almost at the speed of Mtn View, a far less expensive place to live!


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Posted by PA resident
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm

That park is a ghetto, as a female I never dare to pass by infront of it, I hope they increase its security first


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Posted by Jenny
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 7, 2013 at 9:27 pm

You've got to be kidding. I can't believe the City Council is so desperate for a photo-op.
And in Cogswell Plaza - the "Cubberly annex" !!


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Posted by Bob again
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:07 am

Cogswell Park was renovated a few months ago with better lighting, a more open landscape plan and new furniture. Those who are bashing Cogswell apparently have not gone by to take a look at it. It looks great and the danger that is mentioned here has largely disappeared.

I would invite everyone on this blog to come to the ceremony tonight and see for yourself. I for one believe this more than a photo op, it's a chance to show off a now lovely respite in the midst of downtown...and the wi fi is a great addition.

Too bad those on this blog have to be so negative.


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Posted by MadamPresident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

"Bob again" is very correct, "PA resident, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood" is very incorrect


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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Cogswell might be in better condition than in the past, but PA in general is so far behind compared even to Mtn View! All the money spent on the fiber optics that never got us up and running. Lets see how long this project lasts after their first year's worth of funding!
So sad PA - get with it.


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Posted by A grateful PA park user
a resident of University South
on Aug 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Some people have no nothing better to do, it seems than to cry about something new or innovative in our community. The over used slogan of " a waste of money" seems to be a battle cry. Sad indeed.


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Posted by 35 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Who cares?


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Posted by Great Thing
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

The great thing about Palo Alto is our sense of self esteem. We feel so good about ourselves, even though we suck by comparison.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I agree with Jenny. I don't let my kids walk alone through Cogswell. [Portion removed.]


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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

@Augie Doggie:

While Google WiFi in Mountain View was actually useful when it was originally introduced several years ago, it has basically been rendered useless for the past year, due to service degradation.

The most egregious service failure by Google WiFi has been repeated outages at the MV Public Library (which Google promised they would provide).

Google doesn't care about providing a high-quality wireless network service here in Mountain View. They did it to garner support from the city council members.

I can *STAND* directly underneath a Google WiFi node attached to a city-owned streetlight and get *ZERO* connectivity.

The WiFi service that Google "provides" to the City of Mountain View is utter B.S.


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Posted by Neelan
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm

WiFi in the park is nice, but hardly makes Palo Alto, or any city for that matter "the leading digital city of the future".


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